It's the eve of New Year's Eve, so Hair Balls decided to check out the downtown Spec's to see if, and how, people are stocking up for their New Year's bashes.
A lot of people were in the store. Lines to the cashiers were about five deep, the liquor isles were packed but the wine section wasn't, and people crowded around the tables that gave away free samples.
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Hair Balls asked a couple people if the poor economy had dampened their holiday plans, and they said no. Apparently, people with shopping carts full of alcohol don't want to talk about the economy. A store manager told us that sales were steady and similar to past years.
Veronica Escobar and Lateashaea Bailey had used their lunch break to come over to Spec's and buy supplies for a family get-together. They didn't know how much they'd spend, but they had a shopping cart filled with several bottles of wine, wine glasses and some liquor, and Escobar said, "We're just getting started."
Not many people we spoke with at Spec's were planning huge blowouts, or even planning a party, but Mike Fagarason was. He had filled his shopping cart with whiskey and Styrofoam dinnerware for a party he's hosted for the last five years. His guests bring food and Fagarason supplies the booze, and this year, he said, it'll cost him about $200.
-- Paul Knight